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July 3, 2017
Job in Jeopardy Over “Accreditation”
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A qualified homeschool graduate was lined up for a job until background investigators got confused by his homeschool diploma.
A year after finishing high school, a homeschool graduate prepared to begin a new job. Everything was set—the employer just needed to run a quick background check.
But the hiring hit a snag when the background check company requested contact information for the accrediting agency of the graduate’s high school.
The graduate was understandably confused: the job description did not list an accredited diploma as a requirement, and the question had never arisen in the rest of the hiring process. So he contacted Home School Legal Defense Association.
HSLDA sent a letter to the background check company, explaining that the candidate was a homeschool graduate and had a valid high school diploma issued by a private school.
When the background check company said they still needed verification of accreditation, HSLDA followed up with additional information about the various organizations that recognize homeschool diplomas as evidence of high school completion, such as Texas public universities, private colleges around the country, and the United States military. We recommended that they follow the same policy and accept this homeschool graduate’s diploma.
Although we are still waiting to hear the final outcome, HSLDA will continue advocating for recognition of homeschool diplomas.